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Geotechnology, basic course 7.5 credits

Geoteknologi baskurs
First cycle, G0013B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Soil Mechanics
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
After completing the course, the student should:
1. hold practical basic knowledge in quaternary geology, soil material and soil mechanics, as well as constructions in rock
2. be able to distinguish different soil material, and identify their properties with respect to shear strength, stability, settlement, frost characteristics, and compaction.
3. be able to conduct geotechnical routine investigations
4. be able to describe different soil stabilization and foundation methods
5. be able to describe mining activities and foundations in rock 

The course covers the following knowledge:
Quaternary geology and quaternary geological maps 
Soil material and soil classification
Groundwater, capillarity and permeability
Soil’s strength property and deformation property, as well as its compaction
Frost and thaw in soil, settlement in soil, as well as pore pressure in soil
Stability in excavation in soil and slope stability
Soil stabilization and foundation method
Foundation in rock

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching is given in form of lecturers, calculation passes, laboratory work and assignment. The lectures are given in physical classrooms and lecture materials are published beforehand on the study platform. Laboratory work and assignment are to be done in groups of max. 4 students. Laboratory work include four parts where the first part is presented orally direct after the lab. The rest of four parts are to be presented in a 15 minutes’ video. Assignment is presented in a written report as well as orally at the end of the course.

The students are expected to attend all the lectures if possible, and are mandatorily required to conduct laboratory work and assignment. Group meetings are expected among the students to practice collaboration and communication skills. It is recommended to try to solve calculation examples before each calculation pass. 

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course is assessed through two written exams, laboratory work and assignment. All activities included in laboratory work and assignment are compulsory to be completed. Written exam, laboratory work and assignment must all be completed for a course grade. Grading scale is U G VG.

All intended learning outcomes are to be assessed through written exam. Intended learning outcome 2 and 3 are also assessed through laboratory work. Intended learning outcome 4 is also assessed by assignment.  

Transition terms
The course is equal to T0003B

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Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
The course literature will be available on study platform (Canvas) 2 days before the course start.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Assignment reportU G#2.00MandatoryS09
0003Laboratory workU G#2.00MandatoryS09
0004Test 1U G VG *1.50MandatoryS17
0005Test 2U G VG *2.00MandatoryS17

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 17 Feb 2021